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Chilopsis linearis: Desert Willow

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Description
Form: A multi-trunked shrub that can be pruned into a tree.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Slow to rapid depending upon water.
Mature Size: 6'-25' high and wide.
Flowers: Large, fragrant, pink to white to purple depending on cultivar. Wild versions are pink.
Bloom: Spring to fall.
Fruit: Long, thin, brown seedpods.
Leaves: Dark green, long, narrow. Provides light filtered shade.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds, large butterflies and bees.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Western North America.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water once established: Deep soak monthly. Supplemental water speeds growth. Water deeply once a week first year, then less often. Allow to dry out after watering.
Soil: Very well drained, little organic content, pH 6.6-7.8 (neutral to slightly alkaline). Best with neutral pH.
Prune: In spring just after leaves emerge. Remove lowest branches every year to attain a tree form. Remove suckers from roots.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Cuttings and seed.
Uses: ornamental, shade, wildlife attractor.

Comments
A member of the Bignoniaceae family which includes Tecoma stans and Campsis radicans. Not a true willow.



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